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Liars [Vinyl] Import


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  • Vinyl (August 21, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000S0H0KU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,852 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Plaster Casts of Everything
2. Houseclouds
3. Leather Prowler
4. Sailing to Byzantium
5. What Would They Know
6. Cycle Time
7. Freak Out
8. Pure Unevil
9. Clear Island
10. The Dumb in the Rain
11. Protection

Editorial Reviews

Simply titled `Liars', their 4th full-length (recorded in Berlin and LA and mixed in London by producer Gareth Jones) abandons the thirty minute sound collages in favour of a set of the band's most conventional and powerful songs yet. `Liars' is a set of songs only connected by the fact that no other band around could make music like this. From the demonic football chant of `Clear Island', to `Freak Out''s industrial Beach Boys loveliness, the metal-flavoured birth rite of `Cycle Time' or `Houseclouds''s no-fi electro shuffle, this is an album that manages to balance the old, experimentally-minded Liars with an excitingly insidious new pop edge.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Scott Bresinger on August 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
("Liars" by Liars)

Liars are one restless rock band. After the noisy, fractured dance punk of their debut, They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top, leader Angus Andrew replaced the rhythm section and came back with the even noisier and in no way danceable They Were Wrong, So We Drowned. As if that didn't alienate many of their fans, for album #3 they took another sharp left turn with the impressionistic Krautrock of Drum's Not Dead (CD + DVD). The only clear direction they were on was more art, less rock. Now here we are at the self-titled album #4, and while their artsy impulses are anything but gone, they've reasserted the R-O-C-K for their most accessible work since the debut.

Keep in mind when I say "accessible," for this band that's a relative term. While this album, with its primitivist punk rhythms, bent psych rock guitars and digital screwing around, can possibly be enjoyed by more or less "normal" folks, this is still music that speaks, sings, chants, screams, stutters and mutters to the freak in all of us. In many ways, this is music for people who have no friends, and don't really want any. The monomanical pounding of "Plaster Casts of Everything" may inspire some fist-pumping and head-banging, but its falsetto vocals and general atmosphere of scuzz make it seem unlikely. "Houseclouds" brings in a bit of off kilter funk and keyboards that make it sound like a diseased Radiohead song.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom Birkenstock on June 3, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The best thing that ever happened to Liars was the one star review of They Were Wrong So We Drowned they received from Rolling Stone Magazine. What better way to promote yourself as the punk rock band of the new millennia than receive a devastatingly negative review from the magazine tailor made for the culturally shallow petit-bourgeois that choke our cities with the treeless wasteland of suburbia. Rolling Stone Magazine, who needs them. This is the same magazine that put The Eagles on the cover decades after they're relevant, if they ever were relevant. This is the same magazine who, like most of its readers I'm sure, discovered itself during the culturally vibrant time of the sixties and has spent the last forty years skimming pop culture chum looking for the most shallow musical "artists." This is the magazine that caters to Starbucks shopping masses who yearn for the convenience of picking up the latest Jasan Mraz, Carly Simon or Michael Bolton while simultaneously buying overpriced cappafrappalattes. When Rolling Stone published that review a very clear wall was erected and edict imposed. Play by our rules or else you don't get in.

So naturally the Liars went on to record the equally confounding Drum's Not Dead.

After giving Rolling Stone the middle finger twice, it appears that Liars are ready to play nice with their audience. Their fourth release, given the swanky title Liars, is their most accessible album since their debut. Of course, its accessibility is mixed with the confrontational personality of the band. One cannot help but imagine a grin on lead singer Angus Andrew's face when he delivers the faux-metal line "sweet massacre of death" during the album opener "Plaster Casts of Everything.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erica LeVasseur on October 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
...that the Liars could gargle water and beat two sticks together for 45 minutes and I'd love it. Not one of their albums sounds like any of the others. This one actually goes back a step and adds a little bit more structure, if that's what you'd call it, but still continues down the Liars weird twisted path of obscurity. This is definitely not for everyone. Unless you're ready to release your inner freak.
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By hired goon on September 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album is ridiculous. Here we have sledgehammer riffs ('Plaster Casts Of Everything'), shouldabeen indie dancefloor hits ('Houseclouds'), mind-boggling instrumentals ('Leather Prowler'), the best song JAMC never recorded ('Freak Out'), quasi-rap ('Clear Island'), as well as a sprinklings of noise, drone, industrial and a healthy dose of synth. All this in 39 minutes. There you go, have fun.
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